Still In A ‘League’ Of Her Own: In The 25 Years Since The Film, Geena Davis Has Become A Heavy Hitter Off Camera

By Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Beyond her acting roles, Geena Davis has become a real force off-camera. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which conducts research to create statistics around gender and diversity representation in entertainment. And she cofounded the Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Ark., dedicated to supporting women and diversity in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles Times

It’s been 25 years since Geena Davis starred in “A League of Their Own,” a film that broke ground not only for its strong, mostly female cast but because it was a major film directed by a woman, Penny Marshall.

Released July 1, 1992, the film was based on the true story of an all-women baseball league started during World War II and went on to become a beloved, and still all too rare, female-centered sports film. Coming out just a year after she and Susan Sarandon made movie history by driving their 1966 Ford Thunderbird into the Grand Canyon, “League” helped seal Davis’ place in Hollywood as a feminist voice.

Davis, who won an Oscar in 1989 for “The Accidental Tourist,” was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in “League,” which also starred Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, Jon Lovitz and Madonna.

After winning a Golden Globe in 2006 for the TV series “Commander in Chief”, playing a female U.S. president, she has continued to move between television and movies.

In January, she was at Sundance with the film “Marjorie Prime” and has in the last few years appeared on TV‘s “The Exorcist” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Beyond her acting roles, however, she has become a real force off-camera.

She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which conducts research to create statistics around gender and diversity representation in entertainment. And she cofounded the Bentonville Film Festival in Bentonville, Ark., dedicated to supporting women and diversity in the entertainment industry.

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